Television host Maria Menounos got married on live TV during a New Year’s Eve broadcast from New York City’s Times Square.
Menounos, who recently underwent surgery after a brain cancer scare, exchanged vows with her longtime boyfriend, Keven Undergaro, in a ceremony officiated by comedian Steve Harvey.
Harvey, who received credentials to officiate the wedding shortly before New Year’s Eve, said: “Here we are folks, gathered on this really, really special occasion.”
Despite the freezing temperatures (a bone-chilling 11 degrees Fahrenheit), Maria looked gorgeous in a form-fitting white lace wedding dress.
Menounos’ boyfriend of 20 years looked cold but happy in a black tuxedo as the couple exchanged their vows live on Fox TV.
During the ceremony, Undergaro declared to Menounos: “You are a blessing not just to my life, but an even bigger blessing to this whole world. I will deal with you in brain tumors and health … I love you boo.”
She replied: “I love you so much. I just wanted to marry you so bad before surgery, after surgery, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than right here.”
The bride’s parents attended the New Year’s Eve nuptials, saying it was “a dream come true” to see it.
The wedding was a nice way to cap off a difficult 2017 for Menounos, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor while caring for her mom, Litsa, who battled stage 4 brain cancer. After undergoing treatment, MRI scans show Litsa’s cancer is stable for now.
Menounos underwent brain surgery on June 8, 2017 (her 39th birthday) after being diagnosed with a tumor in February 2017.
The TV personality went to the doctor after suffering severe headaches. An MRI revealed a golf ball-sized meningioma brain tumor.
Menounos’ doctor was able to remove 99.9 percent of her tumor, which was benign, but there’s still a 6 percent to 7 percent chance it could come back.
After her diagnosis, Menounos stepped down as co-anchor of “E! News” – a job she had held since 2015 – to focus on her health. The brunette beauty is a veteran entertainment reporter who previously worked at “Access Hollywood” and “Entertainment Tonight.”
Maria’s fans were shocked by her cancer scare because she’s a lifelong fitness fanatic who follows a healthy diet and works out every day.
Looking back, Menounos said the tumor was a “gift” that forced her to slow down and enjoy life instead of always rushing toward the next goal.
“I think this was a gift because I needed to change my life,’ she said. “I needed to change the way I did everything.”
Meanwhile, Maria Menounos’ TV wedding got mixed reviews on Twitter. Some slammed it as a tacky and bizarre PR stunt.
Wow. #MarryingMaria the most awkward thing I’ve seen in 2017. Wow. Wrong fingers. Wrong size rings. So fake.
— SondraRae (@SondraRae) January 1, 2018
Numerous people pointed out that Undergaro put the wedding ring on the wrong finger.
WRONG HAND WRONG HAND #marryingmaria
— Cait (@notreallycait) January 1, 2018
Am I the only one that noticed @mariamenounos husband had his wedding ring on the wrong hand when they were "married" on tv
— Jason Lambert (@JasonLambert80) January 1, 2018
Meanwhile, her fans celebrated her New Year’s Eve nuptials, and wished her the best.
— HERS (@hersmagazine) January 1, 2018
I'm not crying, you're crying! No two people deserve happiness more than you. Congratulations @undergaro & @mariamenounos on your beautiful marriage after 20 years of having each other's backs. Love you both. Can't wait for this new chapter! #MarryingMaria pic.twitter.com/mpRy6QDALX
— Roxy Striar (@roxystriar) January 1, 2018
Crying my eyes out. Maria Menounos, brain tumor and all, just got married on Steve Harvey's NYE show : OUTSIDE at Times Square!
— TrishHennessey (@Trish_Hennessey) January 1, 2018
tomorrow is never promised, don’t take things for granted. ilysm and i hope you get better and have an amazing wedding ❤️ #marryingmaria
— lex 🦋 (@lexhargis) January 1, 2018
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